Sam Allardyce explains rationale behind signing this ex-Premier League man

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The Sunderland boss believes Emmanuel Eboue will add much-needed experience to his defence.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told reporters, via the club's official website, that he is hoping to complete the signing of former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue by the end of the week to bring added experience to his defence.

The Ivorian has been training the the Black Cats for the last two weeks or so after leaving Turkish side Galatasaray in the summer and is thought to have done enough to impress the club's coaching staff.

The 32-year-old has over 200 appearances in English football under his belt for the Gunners from a six-and-a-half-year spell at the Emirates.

Allardyce was quick to point out the experience that Eboue will bring to his squad, and hopes that the player will add extra quality to his side ahead of a 10-game relegation battle before the end of the season.

He told reporters, via the club's website: "By the end of the week hopefully it will be clinched until the end of the season. He's a very experienced professional in all aspects of the game at top level.

"If he can bring anything with that experience to us then hopefully we can use it if and when necessary. I have DeAndre [Yedlin], I have Billy Jones, I have [Adam] Matthews but when you've got someone with the experience and the knowledge and ability of Emmanuel Eboue who wants to come and train and improve himself I think you can't turn that down.

"Hopefully it might give us something a little better down that side if and when needed."

There is a clear reason for Allardyce attempting to bolster his defence - no side in the Premier League has conceded more goals than the Black Cats this season.

Sunderland are outside of the bottom three only on goal difference with 10 matches remaining in the campaign, and they face a trip to Southampton on Saturday.

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